Cam Akers weighed the options and decided to call it an end to his Florida State career.
The talented junior tailback will enter the 2020 NFL Draft and won’t play in the Seminoles’ bowl game on Dec. 31 against Arizona State.
“These last three yers have been incredible, and I am so appreciative that the FSU family welcomed a kid from Mississippi with open arms,” Akers wrote on Twitter.
Akers had 231 carries for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, all of which are career highs. He finishes his FSU career with 2,875 rushing yards (sixth on FSU’s career rushing list) and 27 touchdowns.
Only Dalvin Cook, Warrick Dunn, Greg Allen, Travis Minor and Larry Key ran for more yards than Akers.
He also had 69 career receptions for 486 yards and seven touchdowns.
“Had a great conversation with Cam,” FSU interim head coach Odell Haggins said. “We’re going to do what’s best for him. … Cam loves Florida State University. And we love him, too.”
Akers’ draft stock is tough to project. The NFL at times has undervalued running backs, viewing them as interchangeable parts. This could also be a deep running back class if Boston College’s A.J. Dillon, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Clemson’s Travis Etienne all leave early (Dillon has announced he will enter the draft).
Regardless, Akers will be evaluated at the NFL Combine, FSU’s Pro Day and during pre-draft workouts.
FSU could be short-handed at running back for the Sun Bowl, especially if Khalan Laborn is not available. Laborn missed the Florida game due to an undisclosed reason. If Laborn is not available, the Seminoles would turn to Deonte Sheffield and perhaps converted tight end Gabe Nabers (who began his career as a fullback).